The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), in collaboration with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), is seeking public comments on four (4) OVR policies, one of which is the new Section 32 - Pre-Employment Transition Services and revisions to the following:

 

  • Section 3 - Equal Rights
  • Section 7 - Management Information System (MIS)
  • Section 8 - Application, Assessment for Determination of Eligibility, Eligibility, and Extension.

 

 

Hafa Adai Partners,

 

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is pleased to announce the approval of the CNMI WIOA Unified State Plan Modifications for Program Years 2018-2019 beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020.

On behalf of OVR, I wish to take this opportunity to extend our great appreciation to the following agencies/organizations for their valuable contributions towards the State Plan modification process:

 

April 17, 2018

 

“Advancing to Success” in Developmental Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month (DDEAM)

 

(CNMI Disability Network Partners) – The CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), in collaboration the CNMI Disability Network Partners (DNP), coordinated training conferences on Rota, Tinian, and Saipan last month, in recognition of Developmental Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month (DDEAM). 

DDEAM kicked off with a proclamation ceremony at the Office of the Governor on March 2, 2018.  During the proclamation, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Victor B. Hocog pointed out that “the CNMI is stronger when people of all abilities are included in community life and in the workplace.  When people with developmental and other disabilities are included in the workforce, they have the opportunity to earn a competitive wage and to work as part of a team…and are more likely to give back to their communities.”

 

As some of you may know, we continue to receive intensive technical assistance from the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) in a few areas including Transition and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). One of the activities included a review of our existing MOU with PSS-SPED, resulting in a revised MOU signed by representatives from both OVR and PSS-SPED on April 2, 2018. The MOU as you know is mandated under IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act, and we believe our amended MOU better reflects the requirements of the laws. The goal of the MOU is for OVR and PSS-SPED to work together to provide more effective services to students/youth with disabilities to facilitate their smooth transition from secondary to post-school activities including employment.

You can find the revised MOU here.

 

This is a working document that is regularly updated as needed. Deadline to submit public comments on the VR State Plan is March 8, 2018

pdfClick to view the Modifications to the VR Portion of the CNMI WIOA Unified State Plan for PYs 2018-2019

The modified plan can be viewed by clicking the link above, and electronic copies can also be emailed upon request. 

 

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council invites the public to share comments regarding the updates/modifications to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Office Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Services Portion of the 2016-2020 Unified State Plan.